Alistair Lawson

Associate Professor (Reader)

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I am a member of the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Security within IIDI,  doing Research and Knowledge Exchange projects in the areas of software engineering, applications development, healthcare, speech and language, scalable systems, cloud computing, industry 4.0, information sharing, simulation, e-security, e-commerce, and e-learning.  I supervise Honours, MSc, Internship, and PhD students, and am line manager for a number of Research Staff.  My teaching is in the Software Engineering Subject Group at the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and I link my modules closely to my research and knowledge exchange experience in order to give students learning experiences and skills that are highly sought after by employers.

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  • Bio-inspired Computing
    The Bio-Inspired Algorithms group within the Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolving Systems is a large and thriving group with interests in nature-inspired computing that include Evolutionary Computing, Hyper-Heuristics, Artificial Immune Systems and Swarm Intelligence.
  • Cyber-Security
    Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
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Merchiston Campus
10 Colinton Road
EH10 5DT

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    Recent Projects

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    PhD Project Involvement

    Paul Lapok (PhD 2015-)
    Evolving mechanical systems with bio-inspired computing for mechanical design.
    Frances Ryan (PhD 2013-)
    Reputation management in a digital world: the role of online information in the management and evaluation of personal reputations.
    Anusua Singh Roy (PhD 2014-)
    The role of online social networks in the decision making process of highly skilled migrants.
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    Recent Publications

    Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2017). Managing and evaluating personal reputations on the basis of information shared on social media: a Generation X perspective. Information Research, , (), .

    Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2016). Personal online reputation: the development of an approach to investigate how personal reputation is evaluated and managed in online environments. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Data Information and Information Management Conference (IDIMC), , () ( ed.). (pp. 98-108). Loughborough: . LISU.

    Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2015, June). Assessing the available and accessible evidence: How personal reputations are determined and managed online. Paper presented at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2015, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

    Smales, A., Buchanan, W., Lawson, A. (2015). Analytics for Improving Patient Outcome by Utilising Comprehensive IoRN Assessment Scoring Metrics. In: (Ed.) BCS Health Informatics Scotland (HIS), , () ( ed.). (pp. ). Edinburgh: . BCS.

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